The food industry in our country has become so complicated that many times it’s almost impossible to understand what’s in the food that we and our children are eating.
Most of us already know this is true for processed foods. For instance, sodium tripolyphosphate is an ingredient in Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. I’d bet money that the average person has no clue what sodium tripolyphosphate is much less what it does! Turns out it acts as an emulsifier and helps the food retain moisture. It’s most common use, though, is as a water softener in detergent. Other uses include antifreeze, leather tanning and flame retardants. I’m suddenly wishing I hadn’t looked up sodium tripolyphosphate!
But what about our fresh food: fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and grains? Surely they’re safe since they aren’t processed. We buy these in their original form. Right? Maybe not.
Click through for an amazing TED talk by Robyn O’Brien on why we should, at the very least, be informing ourselves before making decisions on the foods we feed the most vulnerable and most vital people among us, our children.